Helmholtz High School Hilden

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Helmholtz High School Hilden
Helmholtz-Gymnasium-Hilden 1.jpg
type of school high school
School number 165554
founding 1910

Am Holterhöfchen 30

place Hilden
country North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 9 '57 "  N , 6 ° 56' 51"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 9 '57 "  N , 6 ° 56' 51"  E
carrier City of Hilden
student 900 (December 2017)
Teachers 76 (December 2017)
management Barbara Krieger
Website www.hgh.hilden.de

The Helmholtz-Gymnasium Hilden (HGH) is a municipal high school in Hilden that operates all day. The name giver is the physicist Hermann von Helmholtz , according to the original mathematical and scientific orientation . In the 1950s a new language branch was added. The Helmholtz-Gymnasium currently enables its students to develop differentiated focal points as part of their school career.


On April 13, 1910, the school began operating as a municipal secondary school . The first headmaster was the senior teacher Heinrich Pfennig (born August 25, 1881 in Krefeld , † May 18, 1939). The first class with 27 students had to be content with one room in the Protestant elementary school on Schulstrasse. It was not until 1915 that the municipal secondary school got its own building on Gerresheimer Strasse. From December 17, 1918 to October 31, 1919, the building remained confiscated by Scottish occupiers, which caused the fabric of the building to suffer. Meanwhile, the lesson took place under unsanitary conditions in the prayer room of a sect on Südstrasse. When we returned to Gerresheimer Strasse in 1920, the building was in a deplorable condition; there were no furnishings (blackboards, tables and cupboards), books from the library and sports equipment.

In 1923, the Helmholtz Realschule was converted into an Oberrealschule, so that from 1926 on, the students could pass the general university entrance qualification.

During the time of National Socialism , this school also came under the influence of the politics and ideology of the time. The Hitler Youth also found their way into this school. Over 100 students and teachers were killed in World War II. The school also suffered severe material damage and losses.

The city's entrepreneurs, in particular the manufacturer Walter Wiederhold , father of the future mayor Ellen Wiederhold , contributed to the maintenance and renewal of the school with generous donations .

In 1973 the Helmholtz-Gymnasium moved from its decade-long location, Gerresheimer Straße, to the “Schulzentrum Holterhöfchen” (named after the historic Holterhöfchen ), which is remote from the city center , where there was already a secondary, secondary and vocational school. The previous school building on Gerresheimer Strasse was later renovated and converted into a culture and further education center and is now known as the " Altes Helmholtz ".

In 2010 the school celebrated its centenary.

School operation


In the school year 2017/2018 approx. 900 pupils were taught by 76 teachers on a full-time basis. Two school social pedagogues, other freelance workers and a large number of voluntary employees take care of the extra-curricular all-day offer (lunchtime supervision, working groups, inclination groups, self-study center, homework supervision). A few meters further is the Hilden vocational college in the Mettmann district and the Marie Colinet secondary school .


The term is a suitcase word from "Alternative learning opportunities in Hilden", based on the figure of Almöhi from Spyri's Heidi stories. (Professionally) experienced senior citizens volunteer to impart their knowledge and skills to secondary school students in extra-curricular work groups as part of all-day operations.

Youth research

The school regularly takes part in the Jugend forscht competition. In addition to numerous prizewinners in regional and state competitions, in 2001 it presented the national winners in chemistry. In 2006, the competition entry in the field of biology won the federal environmental award.

Association of Friends and Sponsors (VFF)

The school has had a sponsorship association since 1959, which guarantees support for everything to do with the school and is a partner in the school's own canteen gGmbH.

Offers for specialization within the school career


By taking the differentiation courses “practical natural sciences” from the eighth grade, the pupils are given action-oriented skills in particular:

  • The Helmholtz-Gymnasium is recognized breeding center for artgeschützte, endangered midwife toad ; the method of propagation was developed by Helmholtz students as part of a youth research project. The pupils of the ninth grade supervise the breeding and maintain the school's own outdoor enclosure.
  • Pupils in the courses maintain the in-house kitchen garden.
  • In the eighth grade, all participants in the courses receive basic training in first aid and are deployed in the school medical service.
  • A scientific profile can be chosen in the upper level; All MINT subjects are offered as advanced courses, the option of choosing both advanced courses from the mathematical and scientific field is guaranteed.


  • English is taught as the first foreign language from the fifth grade onwards.
  • As part of a talent promotion measure, schoolchildren from the sixth grade onwards are able to learn Latin and French at the same time; Usually there is a choice between Latin (for obtaining the Latinum) and French.
  • In the differentiation area from the eighth grade onwards, the subjects French and Spanish are offered as third (possibly fourth) foreign languages.
  • In extra-curricular work groups, pupils from the ninth grade are prepared for the DELF and DELE certificate exams up to reference level B1; Individual preparation for certification of the C level is possible.
  • Linguistic profiling can be chosen in the upper level; the possibility of choosing two foreign languages ​​as advanced courses is guaranteed. French, Spanish and Italian (as a cross-school central course) can also be chosen as a new foreign language in the upper level, so that knowledge of up to five foreign languages ​​can be acquired with the appropriate choice of language sequence.


  • From the eighth grade onwards, interested students are trained as sports assistants.
  • In the upper level, sport can be taken as a second advanced course.


Participants in the "singing class" from the fifth grade work through all the subject matter of music through singing. The pupils practically rehearse songs and choral works as a choir; Lesson-relevant material such as music history, music theory, work analysis, etc. are taught here in an integrated manner. During the lessons, the students are looked after by a professional voice trainer in small groups in addition to the subject teacher. In the upper level, “vocal practice” can be chosen as a focus.


Talented students can be exempted from regular lessons by the hour on request, so that they can pursue their own project and research interests during this time with the individual supervision of a teacher as a mentor. The library of the self-study center and corresponding computer workstations are available for research.

Further awards

Experimental films from the upper level literature courses regularly qualify for the shortlist of the NRW School Film Festival.

School partnerships and exchange programs

  • BelgiumBelgiumBelgium (French-speaking): Collège Saint-Louis, Liège
  • China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of ChinaChina: University of Agriculture University High School, Beijing
  • EnglandEnglandEngland: Helsby High School, Helsby
  • IsraelIsraelIsrael: Herzliya Hebrew High School , Tel Aviv
  • PolandPolandPoland: Goethe-Gymnasium, Warsaw (until 2015); Gymnazjum Kikół, Kikół (from 2016)

Known students

Known teachers


  • Wolfgang Schmitz: résumés of Hilden high school graduates from the years 1926–1970 (= Niederbergische contributions. Volume 64). Verlag Stadtarchiv Hilden, 1999, DNB 955988322 .

Web links

Commons : Helmholtz-Gymnasium Hilden  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Information from the school secretariat
  2. ^ College
  3. school management
  4. ^ Daniel Neukirchen: Helmholtz-Gymnasium in Hilden: 100 years of school history (s). In: Westdeutsche Zeitung . August 1, 2010, accessed September 28, 2019.
  5. Energy is not lost. Festschrift 100 years of Helmholtz-Gymnasium Hilden 1910–2010 ( cover ).
  6. ^ Website of the Hilden Vocational College. In: berufskolleg.de. Retrieved September 28, 2019 .
  7. Marie Colinet Secondary School website. In: secondary school-hilden.de. Retrieved September 28, 2019 .
  8. Longstanding 'Jugend forscht' tradition. Helmholtz-Gymnasium Hilden, accessed on September 28, 2019.
  9. Walther Enßlin: Chronicle 34 years of chemistry AG - Helmholtz-Gymnasium Hilden - city. (No longer available online.) In: propertibazar.com. January 14, 2015, archived from the original on December 28, 2017 ; accessed on September 28, 2019 (click on the "Full Text" tab).
  10. a b Stephanie Josst: Help for midwife toad . In: Rheinische Post . February 29, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  11. Kerstin Halstenbach: Creatively active: 15th School Film Festival NRW. In: lokalkompass.de, accessed on September 28, 2019 (selection for the 15th school film festival).
  12. 16th Student Film Festival NRW on 20/21. November 2015. In: klappe-die-erste.net, accessed on September 28, 2019 (selection for the 16th school film festival ).
  13. Student Film Festival NRW (@schulerfilmfestival_nrw). November 29, 2016. In: pictaram.org,, accessed on September 28, 2019 (selection for the 18th School Film Festival).
  14. Student Film Festival NRW (@schulerfilmfestival_nrw). November 29, 2016. In: pictaram.org, accessed on September 28, 2019 (selection for the 18th School Film Festival).
  15. Daniel Oelbracht: Hilden exit from the soap opera. In: RP-Online. March 11, 2010, accessed September 28, 2019 (CV).
  16. ^ Stefanie Mergon: A school writes history. In: Rheinische Post . July 10, 2010, accessed September 28, 2019.